Erna Solberg to stay on as the party leader of the Conservatives despite election defeat

Erna SolbergPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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Outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg says she will continue as party leader after the election defeat. She also thanked the bourgeois parties for their cooperation.

“It is an honor to be allowed to lead the Conservatives, and at the moment, my attitude is that I want to continue to lead the Conservatives,” Solberg said on Tuesday.

Solberg added that she wants to lead the party to a new election win in the next election in 2025 and that she has no plans to give up.

The Conservatives received 20.4% of support, a decrease of 4.6% from the previous parliamentary elections.

Decline in support

Solberg pointed out that the Labor Party experienced an almost equal decline when they ended their eight-year term in government in 2013.

“It went a little better than we feared in the election campaign, but it was still a decline. It was not unexpected after eight years in government,” Solberg said.

Solberg, who has informed King Harald of the majority for a new government, has not submitted her resignation application yet. The government will continue working during a transitional period until the new government takes over.

No binding decisions

“We will not make binding decisions internationally or make decisions in controversial cases during this period. But we will promote issues in the Storting and ensure progress in cases where it is necessary, as is the tradition in Norway,” Solberg said.

She noted that the government also still has the authority to deal with crises.

“This means that we will continue to handle the corona situation until a new government is in place,” Solberg accentuated.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #NorwayTodayNews / #Norway Today

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1 Comment on "Erna Solberg to stay on as the party leader of the Conservatives despite election defeat"

  1. Erna just needed a vacation (from being prime minister). 🙂

    I would have expected more voter gratitude for Norway’s very low COVID death rate.

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